Drawing: Ink-wash study

Broke out the dip-pens and watercolors today. It’s been far too long.

I realized as I was sharpening pencils that I haven’t actually sharpened a pencil in several years. I’ve bought pencils (intending to put them to use) far more often than I have actually used them. So I dug through my drawers and found all the pencils I could that needed sharpening, then sharpened them all for good measure.

This piece has an outline inked with crowquill and brush, after which I diluted the ink and went back in with a wash brush. The thin piece of scratch paper that I used wrinkled from the watery ink — I really love how in the scan the wrinkles give the dude a radiant Byzantine-halo effect. ALL HAIL OUR LORD AND MASTER

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